A line-up of 117 eventsfor the show

Who are the celebrities who will be coming for this year’s Riviera? This was the question uppermost in the minds of many students and parents in Vellore who have been regular visitors to VIT Riviera, the annual international cultural and sports carnival being conducted by VIT University for the last 13 years. A total of 117 events comprising cultural, sports and arts competitions and 11 training workshops in areas such as dance and theatre besides two Guinness Record-breaking events would be on display at VIT Riviera 2013, the 13th edition of Riviera, to be conducted by the VIT University in Vellore from February 6 to 9. A total of 18,800 students from 380 colleges and universities in India would be participating in the mega festival, which is an ISO 9001:2008 certified event.

Among the 18,800 students expected to participate, VITians alone constitute 10,600. Ashok Kumar, hockey player and son of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand, would be inaugurating VIT Riviera 2013 at Greeno on the university campus at 9 a.m. on February 6. Saurva Goshal, professional squash player, will be the guest of honour for the inaugural event, said G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, who briefed newspersons about the event on the VIT campus here on Friday.

Twenty sports and games events, including basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, table tennis, snooker, cricket, hockey, squash, badminton, swimming, throwball and chess would be played, and the sports events would start on February 3, said Nithin, one of the 21 student organisers. The T-20 cricket tournament, forming part of Riviera has already been conducted, and Loyola College, Chennai, obtained the first place, and VIT, second place.

Another salient feature of the badminton event was that representatives of the Tamil Nadu Badminton Association would be watching the event to select players for the State team, according to Neal Manjeswar, student organiser.

Sadhana Sinha, student organiser, said that there would be two dance workshops. Another workshop would be on coffee painting, an upcoming art, wherein painting is done with shades of coffee powder. Besides, there would be workshops on terracota jewellery making, clay-moulding and photography.

Varun Ramani, student organiser, said that one of the dance workshops, ‘B-boying,’ would be conducted by Shane Mendes from Goa, while ‘free style partnering,’ the other workshop, would be conducted by Anjan Shivakumar. The workshop on DJ’ing (the art of being a disc jockey) and music production would be conducted by Dakta Dup, a DJ from Hungary, in association with Chiva Cult from Mumbai on Day-3.

The day would end with a performance of the band, ‘Cherries on a blacklist,’ which would be held along with the event, Style Check (Riviera’s fashion show) which would be judged by Ranvijay of Roadies fame.

Leading music composers Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan and Loy, would be performing on Day-2. Frisk Factor, comprising dance performances would be held on the same day, in association with Hip Hop International.

The Guinness record-breaking attempts would be performed under the banner of ‘Pragathi.’ One would be the formation of the largest human hand image, the existing record being a formation by 849 persons in Porto Rico. Over 1,000 students would be participating in the Riviera . The other record-breaking attempt would be wearing of paper hats by the largest number of persons, the existing record being held by Japan (972).

About 1,200 students would participate.

Singer, composer and lyricist, Sukhwinder Singh would be performing on Day 1, to be followed by a performance by international acrobats. DJ Ryan Beck would host a DJ night on the fourth day, when actor Vikram would participate in the valedictory function. Prizes worth Rs.20 lakh would be given to winners of various events.

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